Monaco held at home

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A review of the weekend’s action in France’s Ligue 1 as Monaco could only draw without Falcao in the squad.

Monaco‘s stuttering start to the Ligue 1 season continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Lille.

With Radamel Falcao omitted from the squad ahead of a possible move away from the Stade Louis II, his fellow striker Dimitar Berbatov’s second-half equaliser earned Leonardo Jardim’s side a point.

The Bulgarian cancelled out Nolan Roux’s opener – much to the annoyance of visiting coach Rene Girard, whose protestations got him sent from the dugout – to prevent Monaco slipping to a third league defeat of the season.

Adrien Regattin scored a sensational free-kick as Toulouse claimed a 1-0 win over Evian at the Stadium Municipal.

Regattin fired in a curling 25-yard effort in the 78th minute to see off the visitors and move his side up to 11th place in the overall standings with two wins from their opening four games.

Evian were forced to play the last eight minutes with 10 men after Aldo Angoula was sent off following his second booking of the match.

Lens took full advantage of an ill-disciplined performance from Reims to post a 4-2 win at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.

The visitors took an early lead through Aissa Mandi but then imploded, with the 25th-minute dismissal of Prince Oniangue allowing Lens to turn things around with goals either side of the interval from Wylan Cyprien and Pablo Chavarria.

The home side then stretched their advantage with a penalty from Yoann Touzghar, and although Gaetan Courtet pulled one back for Reims, they gave away another spot-kick late on allowing Adamo Coulibaly to wrap up the points.

Lens have now won back-to-back matches in the top flight while Reims have just one point from four fixtures to leave coach Jean-Luc Vasseur feeling the heat.

Serge Gakpe’s second-half goal made all the difference as Nantes returned to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Montpellier.

Michel der Zakarian’s side suffered their first Ligue 1 defeat of the season to Monaco last weekend but were back on track thanks to Togo striker Gakpe’s 78th-minute strike which earned his side maximum points.

The win moved the home side up to seventh while Rolland Courbis’ Montpellier dropped down three places to ninth as the Canaries halted their two-match winning run.

Lorient condemned Guingamp to their third Ligue 1 defeat with a second-half blitz as they won 4-0 at the Stade du Moustoir.

Sylvain Ripoll’s side turned the screw after a goalless first half, with Benjamin Jeannot tapping them in front after 58 minutes.

Substitute Valentin Lavigne (twice) and Jordan Ayew then added gloss to the scoreline with a flurry of three goals in the last 10 minutes.

Defeat leaves Las Costarmoricains in 17th place, while Lorient climb to sixth – two points off the summit.

On Friday night, Marcelo Bielsa’s Marseille finally showed what they are capable of with a 4-0 demolition of south-coast rivals Nice at the Stade Velodrome

OM had drawn and lost their opening two Ligue 1 games before recording a narrow 1-0 win over Guingamp, but they clicked into top gear on Friday night, with Dimitri Payet netting twice.

Florian Thauvin and Abdelaziz Barrada were also on target for the dominant hosts as they gained revenge for the three defeats they suffered to Nice last season.

 

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